Dementia in cats: symptoms

If an old cat shows changes in behavior, it may be that she has dementia. The following are various symptoms that could indicate the common signs of aging. Dementia in cats: After waking up, the symptoms are often more clearly visible - Image: Shutterstock / Adam J

Thanks to good care and advanced medicine, cats nowadays often reach very old age, so that more cat owners can observe signs of aging in their pets. Dementia is particularly common in four-legged friends who are older than 15 years old. The four-legged friends can also get caught earlier. The memory and orientation ability then deteriorate and the owners of the animals notice various symptoms that something is wrong.

Possible symptoms of dementia

Cats with dementia often seem disoriented to confused. At times they no longer recognize their people and cannot find familiar ways, for example to their favorite sleeping place, the food bowl or the litter box. Many demented house tigers also wander around the home more than usual. The greatest difficulty is the orientation problem in the cat after waking up. If the cat is awake for a moment, her condition can improve a little again.

Aggressiveness, uncleanliness and loud mumbling

Sudden uncleanliness can also be a sign of age dementia, the same applies to suddenly aggressive behavior, scratching or biting. Constant loud meowing and other vocalizations can occur in dementia, a change in the sleep rhythm and the relationship with other animals.

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Anxious or sad behavior also indicates that an old-fashioned tiger is no longer as fit.

The veterinarian will help if you suspect dementia

All of these symptoms can, but do not have to be caused by dementia. Another cat disease could also be the cause and in order to exclude this exactly, a veterinarian helps to make the exact diagnosis and determine the treatment options.